Friday, October 25, 2019

Oh Happy Day

Oh happy day (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed)
He washed my sins away (oh happy day)
Oh happy day (oh happy day)
He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray
And live rejoicing every, everyday
Oh happy day
He taught me how

Written in 1968 by Edwin Hawkins, this Grammy winning gospel song went viral when San Francisco based DJ played it. It became controversial with Christian pastors complaining that it was being played on pop radio. It is very sad commentary when Christians have trouble how the gospel goes out. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that he did not care how the gospel went out, whether from Apollos, Cephas or himself.

Edwin Hawkins said of his song, “I think that it’s not just the song, but the gospel itself that transcends any racial barrier, language barrier, all of that.”  Yes, as Isaiah the Prophet said, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:10-12).

Sing a new song the psalmist says often, “Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy” (Psalm 33:3).  I like the old hymns and the new praise songs. Worship wars continue, but the word of God goes out in many ways to many people in many places throughout the word to the praise of the Lord.




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